Re: The Taoist Transhuman

From: Russell Wallace (
Date: Fri Jul 15 2005 - 20:39:26 MDT

On 7/15/05, pdugan <> wrote:
> Here is a funny idea, what if we launch an AGI that recursively self-improved
> out the wazoo, and nothing changes at all. Say, the AGI keeps a consistent
> supergoal of minding its own buisiness and letting the world continue to
> operate with its direct intervention. Or maybe initial supergoals renormalize
> into an attitude of going with the flow, letting the wind blow as it may.
> Would such a transhuman mind classify as friendly or unfriendly?

Assuming it really didn't affect anything and yet we had some way of
knowing it had "recursively self-improved out the wazoo" to the point
where it _could_ have affected things, I'd classify it as:

"Zounds! That one blew up on the launch pad... but fortunately it
didn't kill anyone. Let's go over what happened and be a lot more
damned sure of what we're doing before we fire the next one."

- Russell

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